Atlanta Botanical Garden Celebrates the Scarecrows Ghouls with Ogre-tober

As Atlanta residents gear up to celebrate Halloween, they are faced with the obstacle of deciding which holiday-related events are worthy of a spot on their calendar. Well to make your Halloween selection process a little easier, Atlanta Botanical Garden has an event that is guaranteed to put both the fun and scares in your Halloween festivities. Trick or treat! Enter an "imaginary world" at the Atlanta Botanical Garden's annual Scarecrows in the Garden celebration during October. Throughout the month, the Garden is stuffed with more than 150 scarecrows created by artists, designers, schools, businesses and families.

Participants compete for prizes in one of two design categories: professional and nonprofessional. This year's event is themed Ogre-tober! - a salute to one of the 19 giant topiary-like sculptures making up the Garden's popular current exhibition, Imaginary Worlds: Plants Larger Than Life. The exhibition includes a giant Earth Goddess, a pair of towering cobras, a unicorn, butterflies, rabbits, a dog - and one friendly Ogre. Scarecrow designers are encouraged (but not required) to create their own ogre or cobra to mimic the ones in the show - or come up with their own imaginary being, be it based on a childhood story or an urban legend. On Thursday evenings, visitors can check out the scarecrows under the glare of flashlights (which they are encouraged to bring) during Fest-of-Ale . Each week from 5 - 10 p.m., the beer fest features a variety of fine specialty ales and live musical entertainment. On October 24 th , some of Atlanta's top chefs will square off for the fourth annual Great Chefs of Atlanta Pumpkin-Carving Contest .

For youngsters, harvest-themed activities will be on tap on weekends from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., and on Sunday, October 27 th they can don their favorite costumes for a day of treats and activities during Goblins in the Garden from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. It will include storytelling, the Ride-On-Train and a cash bar for Mom and Dad Goblins. For more information on Ogre-tober events, visit atlantabotanicalgarden.org . For more information about the author, Danielle Jennings, please visit my Google+ profile page.